Sheriff Steve M. Draper
Steve Draper was born in the City of Martinsville in 1953, and has resided in the city for his entire life. Steve attended Martinsville High School, graduating in 1972 and attended classes at PHCC and ETSU. He began working in the Sheriff's Office in 1973 where he worked as a Correctional Officer in the jail, a court bailiff and as a civil process server/transportation officer. He entered private industry in 1980 as a Safety/Security Director of Pannill Knitting Company which was purchased by Sara Lee Corporation. While employed by Sara Lee, Steve continued achieving management/supervision training.
Steve has served the citizens of the City of Martinsville in several capacities. He joined the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Company in 1971 and continued to be active with them until the early 1980's. In addition, he joined the Martinsville Henry County Rescue Squad in 1979 and served the community as an EMS provider for approximately ten years. He served as president of the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Company and Captain of the Martinsville Henry County Rescue Squad. Steve has also worked at the Martinsville Speedway since 1971, where he continues to serve as Director of Security and Event Coordinator.
In 1991, Steve was elected to the Martinsville City Council where he served until being sworn in as Sheriff on January 1, 1994.
Because of his experience and expertise in the Criminal Justice field, Sheriff Draper has been elected/appointed to serve on several corrections/criminal justice related boards/commissions. He has served as Chairman of the Piedmont Criminal Justice Training Academy, President of the Virginia Sheriff's Association, Governor's appointee to the Governor's Motorcycle Safety Council, Virginia Division of Motor Vehicle's Fraud Commission, Virginia Supreme Court of Virginia's Pandemic Flu Preparedness Commission and serves on the Virginia Department of Corrections' Liaison Committee.
Sheriff Draper continues to serve the community as one of the organizers of the annual Fun Fair, The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program, and assist with the Martinsville Henry County National Night Out events.
Major Laura T. Hopkins
Laura Hopkins is a lifetime resident of the Martinsville Henry County area. A graduate of Laurel Park High School, she received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett College.
Her career began in the then booming textile industry where she worked in several areas of manufacturing before being promoted to Safety Manager with Sara Lee Knit Products in 1987. In 1994, she was promoted to Safety/Security Manager.
She began her employment with the Martinsville Sheriff's Office in 1996 as Administrative Officer and was instrumental in developing programs for those incarcerated in the Martinsville City Jail to include the GED program, the Clean Start program, and implementation of a Classification System.
She has attended many criminal justice classes through Patrick Henry Community College, Old Dominion University, the National Institute of Corrections, American Jail Association, and the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy.
In her current position as Chief Deputy, she is the second in command under the direction of the Sheriff.
Captain W. Bart Hampton
Bart Hampton was born in the City of Martinsville in 1963 and resided in the city for 20 years. He currently resides in Henry County. He graduated from Martinsville High School in 1982 and attended classes at Patrick Henry Community College. He married at age 20 and has one daughter. His career began with private industry at Lacy Manufacturing which was purchased by Pannill Knitting Company and later by the Sarah Lee Corporation, where he served in the production department and as a scheduler until 1991.
In 1991, he began work with the Owens Corning Corporation for the manufacturing of residential and commercial windows where he served four years in supervision and as an inventory analyst.
In 1995, he became a Deputy Sheriff for the City of Martinsville and served in the Civil Department. In 1997, he was promoted to Lieutenant/Jail Administrator and later promoted to Captain of Operations with the added responsibility of the management of courthouse security. In 2006, he became the accreditation manager for the office and in 2007, he was relieved of the jail administrator title where he could apply himself to the tasks as the accreditation manager. Accreditation is a process by which citizens and government leaders can be assured that the agency is maintaining the high performance marks in the profession to which they serve.
In November of 2008, the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission measured and confirmed compliance of the office. In February 2009, the office was awarded accredited status.
During his career with the Sheriff's Office, he has been actively involved in the planning and participation with other agency and community events and attended many criminal justice seminars and training courses.
Captain Mildred Spence
Mildred Spence was born in Patrick County, Virginia in 1961 and currently resides in Ridgeway. Mildred attended Patrick County High School, graduating in 1980 and has taken criminal justice classes at PHCC. After high school, Mildred worked at the Tultex Corporation in Martinsville in customer service for 15 years. She worked for the Martinsville Henry County Joint Dispatch Center as a dispatcher for 5 years before being employed by the Martinsville Sheriff's Office as a correctional officer in October 1995. She graduated from the Piedmont Criminal Justice Training Academy in 1996.
Mildred has held the ranking positions of Corporal & Sergeant prior to receiving the Officer of the Year Award from the Martinsville Exchange Club in January 1998. In July of 1998, she was promoted to First Sergeant. Mildred was promoted to Lieutenant, Assistant Jail Administrator in 2000 and then promoted to Captain, Jail Administrator in 2007. She is a member of the Virginia Gang Investigator's Association, the Western Region Jail Association, and the Virginia Sheriffs Association.
During her years of service with the department, Mildred has attended many criminal justice training classes and seminars including Jail Supervisor Training, Jail Liability Training, Certified in Law Enforcement Flying Armed, Background Investigations, Investigating Use of Force, Certified in VCIN/NCIC, Advanced Gang Training, and Accreditation Manager Development.
Mildred is married with one son, a former Marine. Her family are members of the Stella Christian Church located in Patrick County, Virginia.
Mildred continues to serve the community and assist other agencies when called upon and is involved in the planning and participation of Sheriff's Office events. She also works closely with the Jail Ministry Volunteers.
Lieutenant Pamela Gill
Pamela Gill was born in Martinsville in 1965 and has been a lifelong resident of Henry County. Pamela attended Ridgeway Elementary School for grades K-6, Richard H. Clark Middle School her seventh grade year and Drewry Mason High School from eighth until graduating in 1984.
She began working in the private industry from June 1984 until February 1994 as an inspector in the cutting room and a Quality Control Auditor of Pannill Knitting Company, which was later purchased by Sara Lee Corporation. In mid-February of 1994, she became the first female hired to work in the jail and completed basic jail school and became a correctional officer. While working in the jail, she became a Corporal and then moved into the Civil Division of the department. In 2007, she was promoted to Lieutenant/Assistant Jail Administrator and is a member of the Virginia Sheriffs Association.
During her years of service with the department, Pamela has attended numerous criminal justice training classes to include supervisor training, flying armed, and gang training classes. She is also certified in Law Enforcement and was recently certified in VCIN/NCIC.
Pamela has a daughter and she is active in school and church activities. They attend New Bethel Progressive Primitive Baptist Church in Ridgeway. Pamela is also involved with the jail ministry volunteers.
Pamela hopes to continue to be an asset to the department and serve the community.